The Barbary Coast

by angeliska on November 9, 2008

On Tuesday, my sweetheart and my grandfather and I
are going to San Francisco for a week!
It’s strange to think that it has been nearly a year
since I visited San Francisco!
So much has happened in that time, and I’ve been
so busy that I never even got around to writing more
about the people, places and things that I encountered
on that wondrous voyage!

I had never seen the redwoods before,
so sweet Melissa took us on an adventure to Muir Woods..

My fierce and distinguished Grampa loved it there-
he looks like a mighty gnome-king! Sovereign of the forest!

I finally got to make a pilgrimage to Dark Garden
to drool over their delicious corsets- I loved going behind the scenes
to their workshop to see the construction of all sorts of cinchers and such.

I also got to visit with beauteous Lara Eventide
and her sweetheart, Chad. They are such an incredibly sweet and lovely pair.
I’m looking forward to visiting with them again this time!

The Princess Plants (Tibouchina urvilleana) were in bloom!
this picture doesn’t do it justice, really- the purple was so vivid
it almost made your eyes water.. Also, they are huge!

I could have stared at this fabric forever.

Nebula, The Powdered Sugar Princess (Tamara Toumanova) – Joseph Cornell
The Joseph Cornell exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art
was the pinnacle of joy for me- he is my favorite artist,
and someone I feel a deep resonance with.
I spent over 4 hours wandering through the exhibit,
swooning and taking copious notes.
I got prints of Nebula and one of her counter-parts,
two pieces I had never seen before
and fell instantly in love with..

Tail of the Yak is my favorite shop, ever
(besides Uncommon Objects, bien sûr!)

It is such an incredibly magical environment,
filled with santos, olive leaf garlands, french silk ribbon..

Beetle wings, mourning jewelry, ebon fetiches..

All sorts of writing paraphernalia, scented inks and fine papers..

Perfume, taxidermy, treasure galore!

In short, everything I adore!

Another favorite place was Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles, also in Berkeley..
This lace demon made me so happy..

Fancy faceless lace people!

I returned home bursting with inspiration,
and reading material.. Stack of books from City Lights Bookstore,
and gifts from sweet friends and family..
Edward Gorey’s Fantod Pack
The Maid of Orleans Deck
St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
The Tenant
Joseph Cornell’s Dreams
The Golden Apples
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Joseph Cornell’s Vision of Spiritual Order
Tin House – Fantastic Women
These are places I didn’t get to see last time:
(Thank you, Tamera!)
Wave Organ
Sutro Baths
Botanical Gardens
Rowboats in Stow Lake
Conservatory of Flowers
Gypsy Honeymoon
Aria Antiques
Clarion Music
Toy Boat Dessert Cafe
Kan Zaman
Asian Art Museum
Cartoon Art Museum
Italian Cemetery
Muir Beach
Pelican Inn
Adobe Books
Love at First Bite
Tilden Park
What else? Do tell.


Hello Angel-la!
Please to be in touch when you arrive! I would be delighted to take you and Grampa to anysowhere your two hearts might desire this weekend. You are both favorites.

by Melissa on November 9, 2008 at 10:43 pm. Reply #

All I know is food. I would really really like to go up to Muir Beach and the Pelican Inn on Saturday or Sunday? Maybe we could get a bunch of people? Melissa, Charity, etc?
It would be a good evening thing to do – late afternoon.
Did you get my email about maybe a Friday afternoon Natural Science Museum and then the Yves Saint Laurent (only place it will show!!!) exhibit in the park!? You could do boats on the lake + botanical garden and then I could meet up with you after for museum times.
Oh, there is enough time or room in our bellies for everything there is to do!!!

by verhext on November 9, 2008 at 11:38 pm. Reply #

p.s. i am going to squoooosh you. i think your aunt’s place is v.v. close to me. btw.

by Verhext on November 9, 2008 at 11:42 pm. Reply #

Oooh, how special I feel to make an appearance in your journal!
I do hope that we will see each other again. I would be over filled with joy to go on an outing to any of the above locations with you.
Please give me a ring (same number) when you get a moment and want to make plans.

by Lara on November 9, 2008 at 11:47 pm. Reply #


by Logan on November 10, 2008 at 10:14 am. Reply #

oh, you should see the YSL show and
also the albino crocodile darlings at
the science museum (which is pricey,
but worth it, I hear)…
um and yes. let’s see you,
let’s see me, let’s see us and them!

by charity on November 10, 2008 at 11:32 pm. Reply #

yes yesyes. i say friday because the deyoung is open late on fridays and i am greedy and want to go with you. 🙁

by verhext on November 10, 2008 at 11:34 pm. Reply #

Woah it seems you have many things to do! My advice is: don’t go crazy trying to do them all! Though you can probably handle it.
SF is my favorite place in the world.
My phone: (831) 239-5719
I would give you Holly’s email, but all she does is write me these beautiful letters all illustrated and stuff. pshaw!

by kai on November 12, 2008 at 2:10 am. Reply #

Hi Ms Angel!!! I hopes you are havings bonne temps in San Francisco and enjoying the beautiful trees, fog and ocean breezes. How could you not? We missed you in class the other day — see you next Wednesday??? Love, p

by Patience on November 15, 2008 at 10:21 am. Reply #

WAH i miss you already. And my morning has been TOTALLY JACKED leading me to believe that the forces of time and space do not approve of the leaving. No, not one bit.
But thank you for being so lovely and also for introducing so many beautiful ladies into my reality.
Also the list for next time grows and grows. And next time I will take days off and play for real.

by verhext on November 18, 2008 at 12:27 pm. Reply #

Fancy Faceless Lace People are making my heart stop.

by oolala on November 29, 2008 at 10:36 pm. Reply #

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